Monday, April 9, 2018

Sew Your Own Drawstring Project Bag

A free picture tutorial



Every once in a while I get the itch to sew something on the sewing machine. Lately I have been making these drawstring project bags. They are the perfect size for holding a one skein project like  a hat or cowl. It's been a good way to use up my scraps and they are keeping my wips organized.

Let's see how I make them

Supplies:

  • 2- 8 by 9 in jean material with 2 inch notches cut out on the 8 inch sides
  • 4- 9 by 10 in pieces for the out side and lining of the bag
  • 16 by 4 fabric matching the lining fabric for the drawstring top
  • ribbon for drawstring
  • large bead or button
  • optional- jean pocket and other embellishments
  • sewing machine
  • sewing thread 
  • pins 

sorry this one is so blurry 


The first thing I do is sew the bottoms and sides together making sure the right side are facing each other. I also like to make a running stitch down the seam for a nice finish. Optional sew the pocket onto the front of the bag.



At this point you will have your outside and inside



Next sew the sides of the bag together. On one of the sides of the lining leave a 3 inch hole so you can turn it right side out later. 


Sew the bottom together to look like the picture above. This will give your bottoms a nice level place to sit. 


Put the lining and outside together with the right sides facing together. This picture is actually wrong. You want the lining on top so you can pull your fabric through the hole. 


Turn the bag right side out so that it looks just how you want it to look like. Sew together the hole in the lining with a wip or ladder stitch. Sew a hem on each of the 4 inch sides of the 4 by 16 inch piece of fabric. fold it over like basting tape and then pin it around the top of the bag leaving the openings on the side seam of the bag. Sew the drawstring flap to the bag.


Add the ribbon to the bag using a safety pin to push it through  to the other side. String the large bead or button through both ends of the ribbon. Then add a knot to the ribbon ends to close in the button. 

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Puddles of Love Baby Blanket

A Free Tunisian Crochet Pattern



I love how this blanket turned out. The texture is just wonderful. Tunisian crochet is typically thicker than any other stitch technique, so this blanket is extra squishy. It's the perfect kind of blanket that I love to put on the floor to let baby roll around on and play. I also really love the pop of color edging. You can start the blanket early and then when you know what the baby will be you can add your color of choice for the edging.


I used one ball of caron yarn one pound. I used every inch of it, so you might want to grab two just to be on the safe side. Your tension might be different than mine so your yardage might change. I like to keep a really loose tension when I am working with Tunisian Crochet. I think it helps keep it from curling so much, and it helps my hand not hurt so much when working with the longer hook. I would also recommend using a Tunisian hook that has a cord attachment. because this blanket gets pretty heavy and the cord makes it so you don't have to hold it all up.


This is a free pattern. If you choose to purchase an ads free printer friendly version, you will get everything you see in the blog post plus a chart to help you follow along. This pattern is easy to adapt to a different size, but the yardage will change. The pattern is a repeated pattern f 10 +1.
  


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This is a free crochet pattern on the blog. Just keep scrolling down to see this pattern. By having it free on the blog I am able to promote the pattern more and share it with more people. I also feel that I bring some trust to my readers who can read through the pattern before they decide if they want to purchase the pattern.

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Designer: Julia Schwartz
Yarn: worsted cotton yarn 2 colors 1 skein of the main color and scraps of the second color. Model used Caron One pound color soft grey 212 yards, 16 oz, and Loops and Threads Impeccable color gold 100 yrds 2.5 oz
Hook: 6mm Tunisian hook (I used the addi click hook with the 40 inch extension cord)
Notions: tapestry needle
Size: 30 by 36 inches
Gauge: 15 sts 13 rows equals 4 inches
Special Stitches:
  • TPS (Tunisian Purl stitch): (forward pass) Place yarn in front of your work, insert your hook into the left vertical bar of the st below, yo and pull your yarn through. (Return pass): follow instructions in the pattern.
  • TKS (Tunisian Knit stitch): (Forward pass)working with the yarn behind your work, insert your hook between the vertical bars below the horizontal bars in the st below, yo, pull the yarn through, keep your loop on the hook.(Return pass): follow instructions in the pattern.
  • M1L (make one left):  (forward pass)with yarn behind your work, insert the hook between the stich just made and the vertical bar of the next stitch (Return pass): follow instructions in the pattern.
  • TKS2tog (Tunisian Knit Stitch 2 togeter): (forward pass) working with the yarn behind your work insert the hook through the left vertical bars of the 2 stitches below, pull the yarn through, keep your loop on the hook. (Return pass): follow instructions in the pattern.
  • TKS3tog (Tunisian Knit stitch 3 together): (forward pass) working with the yarn behind your work insert the hook through the left vertical bars of the 3 stitches below, pull the yarn through, keep your loop on the hook. (Return pass): follow instructions in the pattern.
  • reverse single crochet: working left to right instead of right to left, insert your hook into the st to your right, yo, and pull through, yo and pull through 2 loops

Notes:

  • border refers to the first and last 10 stitches of each row. Even rows it is {TKS, TPS} odd rows it is {TPS, TKS} 
  • Keep your tension loose throughout the whole blanket. 

Copyright:

Julia Schwartz. Do not reproduce, copy, distribute, or sell this pattern without permission of the designer. This pattern must not be translated, reproduced, or circulated in another language without prior consent. If you have questions about this pattern please contact Julia.diligence@gmail.com.

Pattern Instruction

Row 1: (forward pass) Ch 121,  insert hook into each ch and pull up a loop for a total of 121 loops on the hook,
(return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left.

Row 2: (forward pass) {TKS, TPS} repeat {to} to the second to last st, TKS in the last st.
(return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left.

Row 3: (forward pass) {TPS, TKS} repeat {to} to the second to last st, TKS in the last st.
(return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left.

Rows 4-7: repeat rows 2 and 3

Row 8 -10: (forward pass): border (see notes), TKS 4 times, TPS, TKS, TPS, {TKS 7 times, TPS, TKS, TPS}, Repeat {to} 8 times, TKS 4 times, border.
(return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left.

Row 11: (forward pass): border,  TKS 2 times, TKS2tog, TPS, M1L, TKS, M1L, TPS, {TKS2tog, TKS 3 times, TKS2tog, TPS, M1L, TKS, M1L, TPS} Repeat {to} 8 times, TKS2tog, TKS 2 times, border.
(return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left.

Row 12: (forward pass): border, TKS, TKS2tog, TPS, M1L, TPS, TKS, TPS, M1L, TPS, {TKS2tog, TKS, TKS2tog, TPS, M1L, TPS, TKS, TPS, M1L, TPS} repeat {to} 8 times, TKS2tog, TKS, border.
(return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left.

Row 13: (forward pass): border, TKS2tog, TPS, M1L, TPS, TKS 3 times, TPS, M1L, TPS, {TKS3tog, TPS, M1L, TPS, TKS 3 times, TPS, M1L, TPS} repeat {to} 8 times, TKS2tog, border
(return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left.

Row 14 and 15: (forward pass): border, {TKS, TPS, TKS, TPS, TKS 3 times, TPS, TKS, TPS}, repeat {to} 9 times, TKS, border.
(return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left.

Row 16: (forward pass): border, TKS, M1L, TPS, TKS2tog, TPS, TKS, TPS, TKS2tog, TPS, {M1L, TKS, M1L, TPS, TKS2tog, TPS, TKS, TPS, TKS2tog, TPS} repeat {to} 8 times, M1L, TKS, border
(return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left.

Row 17: (forward pass): border, TKS 2 times, M1L, TPS, TKS2tog, TKS, TKS2tog, TPS, {M1L, TKS 3 times, M1L, TPS, TKS2tog, TKS, TKS2tog, TPS} repeat {to} 8 times, M1L, TKS 2 times, border.
(return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left.

Row 18: (forward pass): border, TKS 3 times, M1L, TPS, TKS3tog, TPS, {M1L, TKS 5 times, M1L, TPS, TKS3tog, TPS} repeat {to} 8 times M1L, TKS 3 times, border.
(return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left.

Row 19-20:(forward pass): border, TKS 4 times, TPS, TKS, TPS, {TKS 7 times, TPS, TKS, TPS}, Repeat {to} 8 times, TKS 4 times, border
(return pass:) yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) repeat (to) until you have 1 loop left.

Continue repeating rows 8 through 21 until you are 2 inches from your desired length.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 for 7 rows to finish off the border. 

Finish off 

Edging


Round 1: Round attach color b, at any corner and make 2 hdc in the corner stitch, hdc in each st around and 2 hdc in each corner st, sl st into first st.

Row 2: ch 1, reverse sc in each stitch around, sl st in first st. 

Finish off. 
weave in your ends.

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Painted Butterfly

A Free Crochet Pattern 

Ever since I made my painted sunflower. I've been wanting to make and paint something else. My girls and I had so much fun coming up with these butterflies to help bring in the Spring weather. They have been begging me to make some more so they can decorate and paint mom's creations. This was a great project to get them involved, and excited about fiber art. All fiber art doesn't have to be soft and covered in granny squares. It can be hardened and painted for a whole new look. 

Even if you don't want to stiffen them they would make great appliques to any bag or hat. I used Red Heart Luster Sheen for the thread. Some times this thread is hard to find but they still have it at my Wal-mart.  You can substitute with any size 3 fashion thread, or you can put two strands of six 10 together.  


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Designer: Julia Schwartz
Yarn: Redheart Lustersheen size 2:fine 4 oz, 335 yrds, 100% acrylic 
Hook: F/5 3.75mm
Notions: yarn needle to weave in your ends, sugar starch, acrylic paint, paint brush 
Size: 5 by 6 1/2 inches
Gauge: 20 sc and 26 rows equals 4 in/ 10 cm. 
Stitches Used: ch, sl st, dc, dc2tog,  i-cord
Notes: You don't have to starch and paint this project. It looks great just as an applique. Try using different colors of yarn. Make this project your own. 
Copyright:
Julia Schwartz. Do not reproduce, copy, distribute, or sell this pattern without permission of the designer. This pattern must not be translated, reproduced, or circulated in another language without prior consent. If you have questions about this pattern please contact Julia.diligence@gmail.com.






Pattern:

Start of Butterfly

Row 1: Ch 8 (counts as first dc, ch 5), dc in the 4th ch from hook, dc in the next 3 ch, 5 dc in the next ch, rotate work around and working in chs already used dc in the next 3 chs, 3 dc in the 1st ch, sl st into the first dc (16 sts)

Row 2: Ch 3( counts as first dc here and throughout pattern), dc in same st, dc in the next 5 dc, 2 dc in each f the next 3 dc, dc in the next 5 dc, 2 dc in each of the next 2 dc, sl st into the first dc. (22 sts)

Do not finish off.

Small wing

Row 1: Ch 3, 1 dc in the same st, dc in the next 3 dc, 2 dc in the next dc (7st)

Row 2: Ch 3, turn, dc in the same st, dc in the next 5 dc, 2 dc in the last dc (9st)

Row 3: Ch 2, turn, dc in the next 6 dc, dc2tog in the last 2 dc, (7st)

Row 4: Ch 2, turn, dc in the next 4 dc, dc 2tog in the last 2 dc (5st)

Row 5: Ch 2, turn, dc in the next 2 dc, dc2tog (3 st)

Row 6: Ch 2, turn, dc2tog

Finish off

Large Wing (make 2)


Row 1: In the next open dc of row two of start of butterfly, attach yarn with sl st, Ch 3, 2 dc in the same st, dc in the next 3 dc, 3 dc in the last dc (9sts)

Row 2: Ch 3, turn, 1 dc in the same st, 7 dc in the next dc, 2 dc in the last dc (11 sts)

Row 3: Ch 2, turn, dc in the next 8 dc, dc2tog in the last dc (9sts)

Row 4: Ch 2, turn, dc in the next 6 dc, dc2tog in the last dc (7 sts)

Row 5: Ch 2, turn, dc in the next 4 dc, dc2tog in the last dc (5 sts)

Row 6: Row 5: Ch 2, turn, dc in the next 2 dc, dc2tog (3 st)

Row 7: Ch 2, turn, dc2tog

Finish off.

2nd small wing

Attach yarn with a sl st at the next open dc of round 2 of start of Butterfly, and follow rows 1 through 6 of small wing.

I-cord Body


Make a slip knot, ch 5, pull up a loop in each ch, Take the back 4 loops off the hook and put them on the cable needle, (yo and pull through one loop on the hook, take the next st off the cable needle and onto your hook) repeat (to) 4 times

continue repeating for 55 rows.

Finish off and weave in your ends.

Follow the pictures and tie the butterfly body together and to the wings.

Starching

I like using sugar starch.

You will need handy some cardboard covered with wax paper.

Mix 1 cup of sugar with ½ a cup of water, put it over medium heat, and stir it until the sugar melts and becomes translucent, this will happen right before boiling.

Take the starch off of the heat.

Soak your butterfly in the starch, making sure all parts of it is saturated. It will be hot and sticky so take caution when taking it out, ring out or let it drip off all excess starch.

Place it on the wax paper covered cardboard stretch and place it how you like and then let it sit to dry.

Depending on the weather it should dry and harden in 48 to 72 hours.

Paint!




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